Who we are
DIGNITY is headquartered in Denmark, but cooperates with partner organizations in about twenty other countries.
We were founded in 1982 by doctor Inge Genefke. As one of the first, we focused on the need for specialized treatment for victims of torture, and DIGNITY (or Rehabilitation and research Center for Torture victims, as it was called back then) became one of the first torture rehabilitation centers in the world.
Today we work both politically, juridically and medically. We fight for a world without torture and offer torture victims the vital rehabilitation they need.
We work with and based on recognized international human rights standards and conventions, including the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Istanbul Protocol, the Nelson Mandela Rules, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
DIGNITY has consultative status under the UN Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC, and is a member of the WHO Alliance for the Prevention of Violence (VPA). The rehabilitation clinic is recognized by the National Board of Health as a national center specializing in the treatment of severely traumatized refugees.
In 2017, DIGNITY received the Crown Prince Couple’s Social Award for the work to combat torture and rehabilitate torture victims in Denmark and internationally.
DIGNITY is a self-governing institution, independent of party policy.
DIGNITY's foreign work is supported by, among others, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Arab Partnership Program. The operation of the rehabilitation clinic in Copenhagen is financed through Danish Regions. In addition, DIGNITY's work is made possible thanks to foundations, scholarships, and support from private individuals.
A world where fewer people are subjected to torture
To be the leading global organisation within researchbased prevention of torture and violence and rehabilitation of traumatized victims
To ease the human suffering from torture, to prevent torture and to be a global force in the
development of new knowledge about torture and its consequences